Trinity College Dublin

Founded in 1592, Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. Based on the general pattern of the ancient colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, Trinity has a main campus extending over 40 acres. Currently the College has 16,800 students, 92,000 alumni and 2,500 members of staff. The student population represents every county in Ireland and 118 nationalities: not only is it diverse in nationality, it also represents a wide range of social classes and age-groups.

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin is recognized internationally as Ireland's premier university and is ranked in 52nd position in the top 100 world universities and 14th position in the top 200 European universities by the QS World University Rankings 2010. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2010, TCD is ranked 76th in the top 200 world universities and 15th in the top European universities.

The pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education. A unique educational experience across a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, engineering, science, human, social and health sciences is offered. The academic structure of the university comprises three large faculties, together offering over 400 academic programmes. Trinity has an outstanding record of publications in high-impact journals, and a track record in winning research funding which is among the best in the country. Students also benefit from a scholar teacher model where they have the opportunity of being taught by world-leading experts in their field. In addition, every student is assigned a personal tutor for the duration of their studies in Trinity.

Trinity's research strategy encompasses all major academic disciplines and is committed to world-class research activities in key areas across science, engineering, social sciences, medicine and the arts. The College's strategic focus is on five key areas - European & International Integration, Culture & Creative Arts, Materials & Intelligent Systems, Biosciences & Translational Research, and Transport, Energy & Environment. In each of these areas, Trinity has significant research activities, linked nationally and internationally, building on a cornerstone of inter-disciplinarity to deliver research of global consequence.

The Library of Trinity College is the largest research library in Ireland and is an invaluable resource to scholars. In addition to purchases and donations accrued over four centuries, the College has had 200 years of legal deposit. By this right Trinity can claim a copy of every book published in Ireland the UK. The Library contains 4.5 million volumes and a considerable breadth of electronic resources, providing access to 30,000 electronic journals and nearly 300,000 online books in addition to an extensive collection of manuscripts, the most famous being the Book of Kells.

Many of Trinity College Dublin's alumni have helped shape the history of Ireland and Western Europe. They include author, Jonathan Swift, philosopher, George Berkeley, political philosopher, Edmund Burke, wit and dramatist, Oscar Wilde, historian, William Lecky, religious scholar, James Ussher, scientists, John Joly, George Johnstone Stoney, William Rowan Hamilton and physicians, William Stokes and Denis Burkitt. Two of Trinity College's alumni have won Nobel prizes, Ernest Walton for physics in 1951 and Samuel Beckett for literature in 1968.

The Visitor Experience

A walk through Front Square's cobbles will lead visitors to the Old Library building. Inside, the Book of Kells is the centrepiece of the exhibition, Turning Darkness into Light. Written around the year 800 AD, the Book of Kells is one of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts in the world, made up of a richly decorated copy of the four gospels. Abstract decoration and images of plant, animal and human ornament punctuate the text, their symbolism portraying religious messages for the worshippers of the time. On view will be two volumes, one opened to display a major decorated page, and one to show two pages of script.

Proceed upstairs to the Long Room, which houses over 200,000 of the College's oldest books. Stretching nearly 65 metres in length, the Long Room boasts a collection of marble busts, the earliest of which dates to 1743, depicting the great philosophers and writers of the western world. Ireland's oldest harp is also on display in this beautiful space.

Trinity College welcomes over 500,000 visitors to its campus each year. The visitor experience ranges from the world's first Science Gallery, in the modern east side of the campus, to the atmospheric, leafy and cobbled squares and historic buildings to the front of College. With a new sports centre and an unrivalled position in Dublin's city centre, Trinity College offers students and visitors alike a truly diverse, cosmopolitan and unique experience.

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